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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Welbeck punishes ‘cocky’ Spanish

DANNY Welbeck admitted he was irked by Spain’s showboating after helping England snatch a dramatic draw in their European Under-21 Championship opener in Denmark.





And the Manchester United striker warned last night’s opponents they would be made to pay even more dearly should they do the same if the sides meet again in the final. Welbeck netted an 88thminute equaliser in yesterday’s Group B clash in Herning to spare his country what would have been a controversial but deserved defeat.



Spain dominated the game virtually from start to finish, but they could manage only Ander Herrera’s 14th-minute goal and were made to pay for losing concentration after turning on the tricks in the final 15 minutes. Asked if that had annoyed him, Welbeck said: “Yes, but that’s football.



“You’ve got to deal with every situation you come up against. “I thought we stayed patient as a team and we passed as a team and we got out towards the end and got a goal. “If we meet them in the final, we’ll know what to do.”



POSSESSION



Head coach Stuart Pearce rubbed salt into Spain’s wounds by claiming England would have thrashed them had they enjoyed as much possession as their opponents did. “If we had kept the ball for that period of time over 90 minutes, we’d have maybe won the game 4-0,” he said. “I was sat on the touchline and even though we didn’t have possession of the ball, I didn’t feel as though the opposition were going to score a goal.”



Nevertheless, Pearce admitted England cannot risk a repeat performance in their next two games against Ukraine on Wednesday and group leaders Czech Republic next Sunday. “I think we have to learn a real lesson from this going forward,” said Pearce.



“In our possession of the ball, we have to show a touch more maybe of the Spanish arrogance. “We’ll be better on Wednesday than we were this evening.”



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